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Tegemeo Releases the Annual Food Situation Assessment, July 14th 2015, Nairobi

Theme: Cost of Maize across Different Systems and Regions in Kenya: Implications for Food Security and Pricing

Venue: PanAfric Hotel

Date: 14th July 2015

 Participants of the breakfast meeting organized to disseminate the findings

Participants of the breakfast meeting organized to disseminate the findings

Tegemeo Institute conducts annual food situation assessment surveys aimed at advising the government and other stakeholders on the food security status. This year’s survey was conducted in April in several counties that are traditionally maize growing regions and are either maize surplus or self-sufficient. They include Uasin Gishu, Trans-Nzoia, Narok, Bungoma, Kakamega, Migori, Nakuru, Nandi and Meru.

This year’s study findings were released in July in a breakfast meeting organized for stakeholders drawn from different quarters. The report addressed various issues such as the cost of maize production, factors affecting production, use of fertilizer subsidy, as well as maize prices. The report indicates that the national maize production and yield in 2013 and 2014 has been on the decline mainly due to rainfall variability and Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MNLD) which has led to serious crop losses in some parts of the country. According to the survey’s national outlook, using 2012 as a benchmark, the country registered mixed results in production of major food crops in the last three years. Wheat, maize and cassava production registered net declines by 35, 7 and 5 % respectively. Further the reports shows that overtime maize yield has shown mixed results but the trends in the recent years show that maize production and yield is on the decline mainly due to poor weather and MNLD. Other factors noted have been inadequate funding of the fertilizer subsidy program to meaningfully influence local commercial fertilizer prices and these funds have often been released late affecting timely delivery of the inputs to the farmers.

Tegemeo Institute intends to continue conducting this study each year so as to inform key decisions in the sector.

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